Gr. Worc. Comm. Foundation Grants $187K to 16 Nonprofits

June 7, 2019 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, this week announced that it has awarded $187,320 to 16 local nonprofits to advance projects that increase access to healthcare or health promotion services that address the social determinants of health.

Receiving funds from the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation were the following:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: $10,000 for YouthReach, a targeted youth outreach program which provides a mix of programs and services delivered to the organization's most vulnerable youth.

  • The CASA Project: $15,000 as part of a collaborative effort to address systemic barriers for children in foster care, particularly in mental health services.

  • Catholic Charities Worcester County: $10,000 for provision of diapers and baby items for emergency services programs.

  • Children's Friend, An Affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation: $10,000 for its Gender Wellness Initiative, aimed at providing LGBTQ outpatient counseling services, family supports, and community trainings.

  • Dismas House of Central Massachusetts: $5,000 to support in-house culturally appropriate counseling services.

  • Family Health Center of Worcester: $20,000 for its Healthcare for Homeless Families program, providing crisis intervention and stabilization services for homeless families.

  • Girls, Inc. of Worcester: $5,239 for promoting healthy lifestyles through a mix of programs to improve the health of vulnerable girls in Worcester.

  • HOPE Coalition: $15,000for its Mental Health Model, providing continued support for embedded health counselors at youth-serving agency programs across Worcester.

  • Living in Freedom Together: $10,000 for service expansion at drop-in center for victims of sexual exploitation.

  • Net of Compassion: $10,000 for support for street outreach and general operations of year-round homeless services.

  • Pathways for Change: $7,000 for support of immediate counseling services for sexual assault victims who pursue medical services at area hospitals.

  • Pernet Family Health Service: $20,000 for providing in-home coaching and support visits for poor and socially-isolated pregnant women and young mothers.

  • Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: $12,500 for its sexual health education programming, offering peer-to-peer programs and bilingual parent sex education.

  • St. Anne’s Free Medical Program: $10,000 for a radiology pilot program that will expand services at free clinic.

  • Worcester Youth Center: $20,000 for health and wellness programming expansion, with focus on nutrition, exercise, and peer-to-peer health education.

  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts: $7,581 for SPLASH: Swim & Play, Aquatic Safety & Health, a learn to swim water safety program for economically disadvantaged and minority youth in Worcester.